Evergreen Series Presents the Cashore Marionettes, “Life in Motion

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The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series of Washington State Community College (WSCC) will present the 8th program of its 13th season, with a performance of "Life in Motion" by famous marionette-puppeteer Joseph Cashore.

cashoreJoseph Cashore has designed and performed with his remarkable marionettes for over 30 years. "When I was 10 or 11 years old, my parents took me to a gift shop in New Jersey while on vacation," shares Cashore, "This is where I first saw a marionette in person – a pirate, colorfully dressed and hanging from the ceiling."

Cashore would eventually earn a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Notre Dame and study portrait and figure painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was awarded a Jim Henson Foundation Grant to promote puppetry to adult audiences. Joseph Cashore also received the UNIMA Citation of Excellence – the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive.

In the performance "Life in Motion", characters of depth, integrity and humanity are portrayed in a series of scenes. Taken from everyday life, these scenes are set to classical music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi and Strauss. Through a combination of humor, music, and poetic insight, the Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey, celebrating the richness of life.

In addition to the performance, the Spring Quarter Art Exhibit of the Evergreen Series will be on display, featuring work by local artists, Margaret Lazer and Marlene L'Abbe. Lazer's work consists of hand-formed organic forms and pinched pots. L'Abbe's will present a new body of work for her – paintings based on her connection with the natural world, life's transitions and the world of dream and spirit.

"Life in Motion" with the Cashore Marionettes begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st in the Graham Auditorium in the Arts & Sciences Building on the WSCC campus (710 Colegate Drive). This event is free and open to the public. Those wanting to reserve seat passes in advance for the lecture should contact Tanya Wilder by email at twilder@wscc.edu or by phone at 740.374.8716, ext. 2107.

The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series is funded in part by ARTSBRIDGE United Arts Fund. In addition, this project is supported in part by the Ohio River Border Initiative, a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The Series at Washington State serves as a primary source for the community to experience locally, nationally and internationally renowned performers and view the works of local artists. Learn more about the slate of programs for the Series' 13th season by visiting www.wscc.edu/evergreenah, becoming a friend of the Series on Facebook or by contacting Tanya Wilder at Washington State at 740.374.8716, ext. 2107.


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